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religion? >> we're a nation of religious illiterates. >> reporter: stephen prothero is a professor of religion at boston university. >> we have a lot of people who love jesus but don't know much about him. we have a lot of people who believe and hope that the bible is the word of god but they don't really bother to read it. >> reporter: and it shows. on average, americans correctly answered 16 of 32 religious knowledge survey questions. >> the three groups that come out on top in this survey are atheists and agnostics, jews along with mormons. >> reporter: at the bottom? >> mainline protestants, catholics and those who describe their religion as just nothing in particular. >> reporter: here's some of the results from the survey. when asked the dalai lama's religion... >> hindu? >> i'm going to say hindu. >> some sort of middle eastern religion. >> reporter: fewer than half of americans correctly answered that the dalai lama is... >> buddhist. >> reporter: name of the first book of the bible. >> i don't know. >> reporter: more than a third of americans don't know genesis is the firs
them expire? i think act of defiance coupled with stephen colbert. they have time for colbert they don't have time to vote on what our tax rates are going to be. >> i think it is a general trend where people in america peel that things are no in control in washington. and that the democratic congress is not managing basic stuff. something like this is sthoeuic of and you know -- symptomatic of something that is broken in the system. the fuel behind the tea party and a big year for republicans. >> sean: the president said i'm a christian by choice. he was asked, you know by somebody, why are you a christian? you are a christian contemporary singer. i can't get over this trippi. i still have a problem with reverend wright. i don't know how you sit in the pews with somebody for 10 -- i don't know how you sit in the pews with somebody for 20 years and say i have no idea. >> it is not very christian. >> sean: of me? >> yes. >> sean: i'm not a good christian. you are questioning my faith. >> when someone tells you that they -- they didn't realize it. >> sean: do you believe him when he said
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